Ten months ago, Elizabeth Baker uncovered a dangerous secret about her politician husband - a secret that nearly got her killed. Now she and her children are running for their lives. When Beth is hired as the caretaker of a remote Pennsylvania estate, she dares to hope she has found a corner of the world where Congressman Richard Baker can’t find them. But when her new boss dies suddenly and his nephew inherits the estate, Beth is faced with outwitting a former homicide detective who is very smart, very suspicious - and very attractive.
Forced into retirement by an injury and grieving the loss of his uncle, Jack O’Malley is unprepared to share his new home with a strange woman and her two kids. He is even less prepared for the instantaneous attraction he feels whenever Beth enters the room. She is beautiful, intelligent, kind…and obviously terrified of someone or something. As Jack’s investigation uncovers the shocking details of Beth’s past, the rural community is shaken by the murder of a local woman. Driven by instinct and desire, Jack is determined to keep Beth and her children safe, even if doing so means putting his heart - and his life - on the line.
©2012 Brilliance Audio
I was quickly captivated by the story and loved the characters. The mystery of what she is hiding from is told in a way that you will not be able to put this down till you have heard the whole book. Just when you think she is safe she isn't. This book is a rare jewel and I just may listen to it again it is that GOOD!!
Get this book you will not be sorry!
I haven't finished the book, as the narrator speaks in a way I find distracting and annoying. I am taken away from the story.
I haven't completed it, and probably won't, unless I am trapped with NOTHING else to listen to.
The pronunciation of words like 'horses', was what turned me off right away. Actually, I purchased the book thinking it was more of a mystery and less of a romance, so that is my error.I guess I still don't know what genre it best fits. When the animals kept being referred to as 'Horse as", I quit. It is odd how a quirk like that can turn a reader of instantly. I listen to many, many books, and have listened to a wide range of narrators. Rarely does one bother me enough to quite reading a book entirely.
I'd recommend the author, as I thought the book well written. It was compelling enough to grit my teeth and not let the narration keep me from finishing it.
Haven't listened to her work before, but would again.
I love listening to books and have a very high tolerance for different styles of narration. But this time I was so distracted by the breathy voice, which alone might have been ok, but when combined with a cadence that rises at the end of phrases instead if dropping naturally, I found my attention focused on figuring out what was bothering me rather than the story. I kept waiting for her voice to drop. It gave an over dramatic flavor to the reading without which the work itself was quite ok.
I rarely post a review, but I think this author deserves a different narrator.
The story was engaging and enjoyable but at times the narration was akin to nails drug across a chalkboard. Amy's soft spoken, monotone voice did not do this book any justice.
In the end the story was worth putting up with the poor narration.
Melinda Leigh, not sure. Amy Rubinate - No! I listened to the first five minutes and I couldn't go any further. Amy Rubinate seems to be a talented voice actress, I googled her and listened to a demo reel. But it really sounds like they sampled her voice and then used a speech synthesizer to read the book. Each sentence has the same ... inflection, cadence... it sounds very robotic.
Depends on who narrates the book.
I'm fairly forgiving as a listener, but this is the worst narration I've ever heard.
Never got that far.
The narrator was great however, the story is crazy unrealistic. It is peppered with interesting moments of suspense and LONG minutes of snooze. Fiction is fantasy however, a severely abused woman having instant sexual feelings for a stranger isn't believable. The relationship needed to be developed because of how the book was written.
Beth and her children were terrorize and abused by her husband. It felt like Melinda was more interested in getting Beth in to bed with the handsome former cop than she was exploring how Beth and the kids were warming up to the farm and having a "family" atmosphere. I also found that the flashes from the husband and the serial killer kept me reading but let me down because by the second section of the book, nothing much happened with those characters. It just wasn't a well balanced book. Great premise though.
The moments when the kids started warming up with the horses and the family.
Disappointment with some anger at Beth's husbands sadistic behavior. Mostly, I got bored about 5 hours in to it. I tried to hang on but finally gave up.
One reviewer called this narrator "horrible" in 2012 and she was absolutely right. She would make the perfect voice for a robot and she does nothing to change her voice, even a little, when the men talk. If there's sex in this book I know it will sound like two women doing it but when I'm reading about a man and woman I want them to sound like a man and woman. I would have to pass on ever listening to this narrator again. I will finish this book by just reading it. I gave the story and the overall 3 stars to be fair to the author because it did seem like it would be a good book.
no. most of the narration seemed to have the same breathy tone, with most sentences ending with the same note, It seemed as if it was read as if she was trying to keep me in suspense. I found it very annoying.
I was so disappointed with this book I should have returned it after the first few chapters. Overall the storyline started out OK but just did not get any better. The narrator never changed her tone, droned on and on, and put me to sleep. Would not recommend this at all!
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